Minecraft creator Mojang turns down multiple suitors to stay independent

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Minecraft creator Mojang has turned down several approaches from other game companies – and even Napster co-founder Sean Parker – as it is happy to remain independent.

A Reuters report claims that Mojang has snubbed offers from ‘nearly every major gaming company in the world’. It adds that as part of his bid to invest in the studio, Parker offered to fly Mojang’s co-founders to London for a party. They refused.

“We are living the dream, really,” Mojang co-founder Carl Manneh told Reuters. “An exit would be huge, but do we really need that money? In our case, we have the cash flow. We have more money than we need. We’ve always felt that the independence we have is one of our core strengths. We can take decisions by going into a room and in 15 minutes we’re done. We try to be extremely agile, to release games quickly.”

Minecraft has sold nine million copies on PC and Mac, and a total of 20 million on other platforms. It’s closing in on The Sims, which has sold over 16 million copies, as the best-selling game on PC and Mac. “It looks like we are going to outsell The Sims in one or two years if things progress,” said Manneh.

That’s despite intrernal fears that the game had peaked at the end of last year. “The numbers were going down slightly before Christmas, and we were wondering, oh, has it peaked? Then Christmas hit and there was a massive surge,” said fellow co-founder Jakob Porser.

The report adds that Mojang saw revenues of $232 million in 2012, ‘most of which was straight profit.’ Mojang came second in the inaugural Edge Developer Awards recently. Minecraft also hit the headlines recently after hundreds of players recreated Game Of Thrones’ King’s Landing within the game.